Day 2: First blood Alberto Menegatti
A slow and sunny start to the day led to the wind starting to build around lunchtime and by 14:20 the first elimination had been resumed in 8-13 knots. The winners’ final was completed just in time as Alberto Menegatti (Starboard / Point-7) claimed the first victory of 2014.
Tomorrow’s action will kick off bright and early with the skippers’ meeting being called for 7am. The latest forecast promises the infamous Tramontana wind – which last appeared here back in 2011, producing exhilarating slalom with gusts of up to 50 knots – so tomorrow should see frantic, adrenaline fuelled racing with a first possible start at 07:30am.
The final event of the season is underway, as freestyle, wave and slalom sailors compete in Sylt. The Freestyle single elimination is complete, congratulations to Gollito who took it.
1st Jose ‘Gollito’ Estredo
2nd Kiri Thode
3rd Steven Van Broeckhoven
4th Tonky Frans
Check back here for updates, and head over to http://www.pwaworldtour.com/
Day fopur saw the completion of the double elimination with Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra) took on the 2011 and 2012 PWA Wave Champion, Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins). Traversa took an early advantage scoring a nice wave with a super nice frontside, into backside followed by another frontside hit, as Kosters wave closed out. Traversa than scored his second wave, hitting hard with some backside smacks, than finishing it off with a smooth frontside. Kopster worked his way up wind, to score the wave of the heat, starting with a wave 360, followed by some front and backside hits, to score a 7.88. Traversa scored one more wave and edged out the current World Champion by 0.87 points.
Thomas Traversa had this to say after winning “I’m super happy, I managed to find one really good wave and then a couple of ok waves. The wind was very, very, very light, but for once I had the advantage of being light. It feels crazy and unreal at the moment.”
Top 5 of the 2012 PWA KIA Cold Hawaii World Cup:
1st Thomas Traversa (Tabou / Gaastra)
2nd Philip Köster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Maui Ultra Fins)
3rd Victor Fernandez (Fanatic / North)
4th Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC)
5th Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde)
The first day of the Kia Cold Hawaii PWA Worldcup is complete. The best wavesailors in the world got warmed up with 6 more days to go riding on the now legendatry North Sea in Klittmøller. Winds where on the lighter side, as the riders began to battle in the single elimination. Brunch, Koester and Ferdanaz all impressed as did other riders expected to advance, advancing, with no big upsets or surprises.
Enjoy the video by Fanatic for high lights of Day 1. And check out a full write up of the Cold Hawaii PWA World Cup Day 1 from Chris Yates at the PWA.
The final day of the slalom looked as though we would see another day of classic Fuerteventura conditions, as the morning started in much the same fashion as yesterday. However after an eleven O’clock start, which allowed three heats to be completed, the wind unexpectedly disappeared. On several occasions the wind did threaten to return but it was never for a prolonged period meaning that the sailors endured a frustrating day on standby with no more heats being completed. Shortly before 4pm the sailors were released for the final time, which means that Finian Maynard (RRD / Avanti) is crowned the King of Fuerteventura after a simply brilliant performance yesterday. Maynard won two eliminations and finished third in the other yesterday to claim his place at the top of the podium ahead of Ben Van Der Steen (Starboard / Loft / Mystic / Different) and Antoine Albeau (RRD / NeilPryde). The event site was still surrounded by a vibrant atmosphere as the crowds poured into the event tent to see the closing ceremony of the men’s slalom, as well as the live music and dancing.
Read the full report on the PWA Website Here, with a brief interview with Finian Maynard.
The Freestyle portion of the event begins today with the guys scheduled to hit the water first followed by the girls. Check Back here for all the action later.
Watch the TeamFranceWindsurf waveridersstart their World Tour 2012 campaign in Pozo /Gran Canaria, on July 1st.
It was pretty much all about big jumps, and Antoine finished 25th, Jules 13th and Thomas 9th after 4 days of hard competition in stormy conditions. A decent start of the year for them, before moving on to Tenerife a few days later for the 2nd leg of the PWA Wave World Tour…
With 3 days complete, The Single elimination is complete. Philip Köster and Daida Moreno emerged on top, to win the Single Elimination of the 2012 PWA Wave Worldcup on Tenerife. A strong forecast materialized and great heats took place with amazing waverides, massive jumps and some hardcore crashes. The level of competition rose as 40-50 knot trade winds and mast high waves came through!
Men’s Single Elimination Winners Final
The men’s winners’ final saw Philip Köster recommence his battle with Victor Fernandez and the two sailors put on a phenomenal show for the crowds as they pushed each other to the limit, both physically and mentally. By the end of the duel though it was the eighteen year old who came out on top after an awe-inspiring display. Köster wasted no time at all and as the green flag was raised the wonderkid launched into one of his ankle-dry double forwards to instantly put the pressure on Fernandez. The Spaniard responded with a monster stalled forward, quickly followed by a double forward of his own to even things up. However Köster’s wave riding was on a different planet. For a single wave ride he scored a maximum twelve points as he delivered an absolutely colossal wave 360, which led straight into a perfect bottom turn before unwinding into a ridiculous double taka. After this Köster set about raising the bar even higher as came ever so close to a no-handed goiter and went in search of a ramp for a triple loop. Unfortunately for him, and us, the perfect ramp didn’t arrive on this occasion. Fernandez did everything in his power to stop Köster as he landed spectacular one-handed goiters and a monumental one-handed frontside aerial of his own, but it wasn’t enough against a seemingly invincible Köster.
Women’s Single Elimination Winners’ Final
Another winners’ final, another Moreno matchup, as the twins, Daida Ruano Moreno and Iballa Ruano Moreno continued to dominate the women’s fleet. Daida was hungrier than ever to come out on top, having relinquished her Pozo crown for the first time in thirteen years last week, and that’s exactly what she managed to do. She will now be hoping she can defend her victory in the double elimination. Daida looked a dominant force in the air as she landed an amazing one-handed backloop and a big stalled forward. Iballa on the other hand made the better of the waves and she delivered some delicious wave riding to leave the heat extremely close by the end, however it was soon revealed that Daida had claimed the victory and she looked visibly delighted with the outcome.
After the single elimination finished, they began the double elimination.
Adam Lewis (Patrik / Point-7) put all of his local knowledge to the perfect use today, the Englishman charged his way back from the first round to book his place in the top sixteen, after winning three consecutive heats. Lewis first took down Pablo Ramirez (Goya Windsurfing/ MFC) followed by Albert Pijoan (Starboard / Severne) and Kenneth Danielsen (F2 / Simmer). Lewis’ radical wave riding and massive backloops proved to be a big hit with the judges, and he’ll now hope to pick up where he left from tomorrow when he faces Alessio Stillrich (Fanatic / North / AL360).
Lewis wasn’t the only sailor to gain momentum from the first round; Marcilio Browne (Goya Windsurfing / MFC), John Skye (RRD / Mystic / MFC) and the aforementioned Stillrich all clawed their way back through the double elimination to also book their places in the top sixteen. Brawzinho impressed today with a number of ankle-dry double forwards and he’ll be hoping to continue his charge into the top five come the end of tomorrow. John Skye produced a brilliant performance to dispatch of his fellow countryman Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde / Mystic / Maui Ultra Fins). Skye landed a beautiful one-handed backloop and looked super consistent and fluid on the wave to advance. Meanwhile, Stillrich, nailed more of his now, almost trademark super tweaked pushloops to demolish the opponents put before him.
The closest heat of the day was between Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) and Jamie Hancock (Tabou / Gaastra) in heat thirty nine. Both men landed superb pushloops and they were almost inseparable in the wave riding department. Voget launched in to a brilliant backside air only to be matched by Hancock, who threw a super vertical turn and a taka. As the score sheets were tallied up there was just half a point in it, overall Voget just managed to edge it and he now goes on to face Marcilio Browne in his next heat.
Ben Proffitt (Simmer) managed to defeat Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra) in the other all English affair. On his way to victory the Brit landed a super tweaked pushloop before launching into a radical wave 360 and a slick taka. Although Williams was able to land a couple of wave 360s, it wasn’t adequate on this occasion.
Dario Ojeda (Tabou / Gaastra / MFC) sneaked past Jules Denel (Exocet) by the narrowest of margins, his double forward proved to be vital in clinching the tie and Ojeda will now face Martin Ten Hoeve (Goya Windsurfing / Point-7), after the Dutchman navigated his way past Michael Kleingarn (Fanatic / Gaastra).
Result after the Single Elimination
The 2012 PWA Korea Slalom event is over. The wins go to Micah Buzianis and Valerie Arrigheti.
The 2012 PWA Ulsan World Cup Overall Standings : Men’s Slalom
1st Micah Buzianis (JP / MauiSails)
2nd Antoine Questel (Starboard / Loft Sails)
3rd Ross Williams (Tabou / Gaastra)
The 2012 PWA Ulsan World Cup Overall Standings : Women’s Slalom
1st Valerie Arrighetti (Tabou / Gaastra / Mystic)
2nd Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne)
3rd Delphine Cousin (JP / NeilPryde)
You can check out the full results on the PWA Website.